Police seized cannabis plants with an estimated street value of $1.4 million from a Glenhaven house on May 7.
Detectives from The Hills local area command searched the property at 3.30pm as part of an investigation into the illegal production of hydroponic cannabis in Sydney’s north-west.
Officers found a large-scale hydroponic set-up and seized 404 cannabis plants, a large quantity of fertilisers, heating lamps and an extensive electrical arrangement.
Children’s toys were also found inside.
Castle Hill Police detective superintendent Robert Critchlow said the community played a large role in the detection of hydroponic crops like this by reporting suspicious behaviours, smells and objects.
‘‘Every time we find and destroy a hydroponic crop, we’re reducing the amount of cannabis that makes it into homes, schools and workplaces across the state,’’ he said.
Last year police launched a drug reporting campaign advising residents of the seven ‘‘telltale’’ signs that indicate a property may be being used as a drug house.
‘‘If they spot any homes that look suspicious, please contact police immediately,” he said.
Investigations into the drug bust are continuing and detectives anticipate arrests will be made in the future.
Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if you notice:
• Strange odours emanating from a property
• Diverted electricity
• Chemical containers and waste
• Blacked out windows
• Hoses and pipes in strange places
• Blinds down, with extremely bright indoor lighting radiating through gaps
• Vehicles arriving at odd hours